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Building Creative Partnerships: Connecting Coffs Coast Artists with Business Sponsors

Coffs Harbour businesses are being asked to get behind local artists in a new exhibition, New Year New Work, scheduled to launch 1st February at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.
Presented by the Friends of Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, the aim is to promote both local artists and businesses, while fundraising for the regional gallery’s collection and showcasing the region’s vibrant arts community.
Fifty invited artists from across the Coffs Coast region are busy creating a new work to fit on a 50×50 cm piece of plywood which can be used to paint, print, draw or sculpt on. The list of artists includes well-established names with national reputations, others are recognised regionally and some are emerging artists in the early stages of their career.
Local businesses, large or small, are needed to sponsor an artwork for $200 and their support will be recognised on the gallery walls during the 4 week exhibition, while also connecting with the artists and other sponsors at the opening event on February 1st.
The idea had instant appeal for co-owner of Surf Club Restaurant & Bar, Nicole Donovan, who is sponsoring a work and would like to see more local businesses get involved.
“It’s important businesses support the development of the arts in Coffs Harbour to benefit our community and generations to come,” said Nicole.
“With our location here on the beach, we are thrilled to be sponsoring Jeremy Sheehan’s work which has such a creative focus on the ocean.”
Described as an ‘artist, educator and environmentalist’, Jeremy Sheehan is best known for his thought-provoking sculptural works from discarded materials, earning him selection for Sculpture By The Sea. Jeremy says the partnership with Nicole as sponsor makes sense.
“We share a love of the ocean and its changing nature is the main inspiration for the new work,” explains Jeremy. “It will be made from mostly found and recycled materials created in the form of a boathouse-styled totem from across the Pacific. A perfect match for Nicole’s business housed in the Surf Club.”
The gallery team will match each business sponsor with one of the invited artists and the sponsor name and chosen statement will be displayed alongside the artwork. All sponsor funds raised go towards building the gallery’s collection. The fifty exhibiting artists also have the opportunity to sell their artworks to the public at the gallery.
Businesses across the Coffs Coast region can become a sponsor by emailing To find out more visit